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PBworks Announces Real-Time and Voice Collaboration
PBworks (http://pbworks.com), a provider of hosted collaboration solutions for business and education, announced its upcoming Real-Time Collaboration Update, including true Voice Collaboration. Geographically distributed teams will be able to work together on writing content, creating meeting notes in real time, working together during impromptu conference calls, and enjoying other interactive features that previously required a face-to-face meeting.
PBworks is making real-time collaboration a natural extension of its existing tools. When a user needs to connect with one or more colleagues to gather feedback, he or she simply calls them to the relevant wiki page using the built-in instant messaging; available users can see edits being made in real-time and chat about them. When a telephone conversation is necessary, available users can be added to an ad hoc conference call with a single click that initiates an outbound call to the user's regular telephone.
IM Collaboration allows users to see who else in their organization is actively using PBworks at that moment; it enables them to send those people instant messages from within the product. In addition, users can summon others to the workspace page they're working on if they'd like input using the "send a link" function built into the IM system.
Live Editing will eliminate the need to use other web conferencing services to share a PBworks editing session. Whenever a user is editing a workspace page, other users viewing that page see the edits appear in real-time. Live Notifications alerts users to activity within their organization in real time rather than requiring them to await an email notification.
IM Collaboration, Live Notifications, and Live Editing will be available to Project and Legal Edition customers on Nov. 17. There is no charge for this upgrade. Voice Collaboration will be available in early 2010. PBworks is a trademark of PBwiki, Inc.
AIIP Technology Award Goes to Attaain, Inc.
The Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP; www.aiip.org) announced that Attaain, Inc. (www.attaain.com) has been honored as the recipient of the 10th annual AIIP Technology Award, presented on Oct. 27, 2009, at the Internet Librarian conference in Monterey, Calif. Attaain was recognized for AttaainCI, its competitive intelligence and market intelligence tool, which provides information through a full-featured, well-thought-out, and easy-to-use web-based system, according to the association's panel of judges. Every year, the AIIP Technology Award is presented to a company whose product, in the opinion of the panel, best assists independent information professionals with their day-to-day operations in locating, analyzing, organizing, and delivering information.
AttaainCI uniquely aggregates web data by pulling together results from dozens of sources and building comprehensive reports on-the-fly. The product provides real-time business intelligence using a variety of data sources, including company websites, user-supplied information, news, social media mentions, reports, white papers, documents, and patents.
"AIIP believes that Attaain Inc.'s product not only enables information professionals to provide competitive intelligence to their clients, but also can help them to track companies to target for marketing," says AIIP president Marcy Phelps.
AttaainCI was nominated for the award by AIIP member Ellen Naylor, owner of Business Intelligence Source (www.thecisource.com). Naylor describes AttaainCI as "a fabulous, cost-effective monitoring and searching tool, which is constantly being enhanced."
In addition to the award to Attaain, Inc., the AIIP awards committee gave honorable mention to FreePatentsOnline.com (www.freepatentsonline.com), which the committee feels offers fast and easy-to-use, yet powerful, search capabilities; the site offers free access to published patents and patent applications.
Silobreaker Offers News Intelligence Software to Corporate and Government Customers
Silobreaker, known primarily for its news search service Silobreaker.com (www.silobreaker.com), has launched a new software suite for corporate customers and government agencies looking for more effective ways to monitor and analyze the news behind their own firewalls. It offers a new option for companies wanting to combine news aggregation with sense-making tools and graphics.
Having built powerful search and analysis capabilities, Silobreaker's software handles text, video, images, and other multimedia content and presents results to customers through a variety of rich graphics including Network, InFocus, 360, Hot Spots, and Trends. The robust software also links into existing and complex enterprise taxonomies, thesauri, languages, and other internal data to provide customers with market- and industry-specific results.
Available now and fully based on the constantly tested and improving Silobreaker.com engine and interface, Silobreaker Enterprise Software Suite combines data fusion, search, semantic, and statistical text mining with an intuitive web interface and powerful graphics. While traditional systems take search requests and return lists, Silobreaker presents a network of relationships, geographical interest points, global articles, public conversations, as well as connections between people, companies, places, and other entities. The software suite offers a single system that deals with the entire workflow around news monitoring; from back-end content aggregation, intelligent indexing, classification, and storage to front-end search, analysis, quality assurance, user collaboration, and decision support.
To see a video presentation, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=-B-08b7_ukY&hd=1.
Safari Books Online 6.0 Offers Improved Usability
Safari Books Online (www.safaribooksonline.com), an on-demand digital library for technology, digital media, and business professionals, announced the launch of Safari Books Online 6.0. This new product release features new functionality such as an interactive reading experience, dynamic content categorization, community and collaboration features, and enhanced search functionality.
The following is a list of Safari Books Online 6.0 features:
- Search Optimization-Improved search functionality makes it easy to find all content in the digital library, including text, video, and curriculum guides. A new interface also enables users to read the content while keeping the list of search results in view.
- Advanced Search-Enhanced advanced search query capability enables the building of search rules through a simple dialogue box.
- Collaboration-Shared folders, search results, and notes allow workgroup users to network with other users about topics of interest, recommend content, and discover additional titles favored by experts in the field. In addition, the "Review This Book" feature allows subscribers to comment on a book or write a complete review. All "Review This Book" entries are public and can be seen by all site visitors, with or without a subscription.
- Expanded Ratings-This version offers both an Amazon rating and Safari Books Online user-generated ratings on books and videos in the digital library in order to ensure that users are finding the best materials available from trustworthy sources.
- Personalization-Users can now create personal folders and save search preferences to categorize material in the digital library, enabling them to find and store titles of interest more quickly. Users can create and attach notes to a book or a page, highlight text and attach notes to that text, and print notes and highlights in a custom summary.
- Enhanced Readability-This feature gives users the ability to make inline notes in the text they are reading, dog ear or bookmark specific pages, and share these notes with other team members.
- Mobility-Safari Books Online's mobile-friendly website ensures that subscribers can read books wherever they are. And now, PDFs downloaded from Safari Books Online are optimized for mobile devices, computers, and other reading devices.
Safari Books Online's entire collection of more than 8,000 books, training videos, rough cuts, short cuts, and articles is available online in PDFs for chapter and whole-book downloads or from your mobile device. Safari Books Online is a joint venture between O'Reilly Media, Inc. (www.oreilly.com) and Pearson Education (www.pearson.com).
Source: Safari Books Online
Credo Reference to Launch SAGE Reference Publisher Collection
Credo Reference (www.credoreference.com) has signed an agreement to launch a SAGE Reference Publisher Collection. Nearly 70 SAGE titles will now be available through the Credo Reference platform. SAGE (www.sagepublications.com) is an international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media for academic, educational, and professional markets.
The Publisher Collection from Credo will offer SAGE resources either as a complete collection or as individual titles. Librarians will be able to obtain these resources from Credo either by subscription or purchase, but users will experience the content as a fully integrated part of their Credo Reference experience. A sampling of the SAGE reference titles that will be integrated include resources such as the following:
- Encyclopedia of Anthropology
- Encyclopedia of Counseling
- Encyclopedia of Business Ethics & Society
- Encyclopedia of Disability
- Encyclopedia of Global Warming & Climate Change
- Encyclopedia of Political Communication
- Encyclopedia of Cancer and Society
- The SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods
Source: Credo Reference
ARL, ALA Issue Statement Supporting PATRIOT Amendments Act of 2009
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL; www.arl.org) and the American Library Association (ALA; www.ala.org) have issued a statement saying they strongly support the USA PATRIOT Amendments Act of 2009 (www.arl.org/bm~doc/house-jud-1pgrpsafinal.pdf). Several provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act are set to expire on Dec. 31, 2009, unless Congress acts to reauthorize them.
On Oct. 20, 2009, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and Representatives Jerrold R. Nadler (D-NY) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced the USA PATRIOT Amendments Act of 2009 (H.R.3845). The associations believe that this bill contains necessary and important reforms to the powers created by the USA PATRIOT Act, especially to Section 215, often called the "library provision," and to national security letters (NSLs).
The USA PATRIOT Amendments Act of 2009 includes several key reforms that restore important civil liberties without diminishing the government's ability to conduct legitimate national security investigations. Chief among these reforms are the following:
- Prohibition of use of Section 215 orders to obtain personally identifiable information about patrons from libraries or booksellers
- Meaningful judicial review of Section 215 orders, NSLs, and the gag orders that prevent recipients from talking about these orders
- Rational limits on gag orders including limits on their duration once challenged
- Rational limits on the scope of NSLs so that they cannot be used unreasonably to gather information on innocent Americans
- Minimization procedures to insure that information obtained using these powers is destroyed once it is no longer relevant to an ongoing investigation
- Yearly audits of the use of these powers and a new "sunset" that will give Congress an opportunity to consider further reform based on those audits.
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